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Bad wheel bearing?

I began feeling and hearing a vibration in the front end of my 12,500 mile 2012 last week. It got stronger and louder with increasing speed. I tried shifting into neutral at speed, and the feel and sound of the vibration didn't change, so I don't believe that there's an issue with the drivetrain. The head mechanic at my local dealership agrees with my diagnosis of a failing front wheel bearing and I have an appointment to have one or both changed on Tuesday.

Has anyone else experienced a similar issue? It seems odd to me that a wheel bearing would fail within only 12,500 miles.
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Re: Bad wheel bearing?

Sounds simalar to mine,and it started at the same mileage. Mine was worse on ruff roads and rain groves.now constant if you look at my older posts you will see what I have been through. Hope it is a quick fix good luck
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:41 PM
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Re: Bad wheel bearing?

My local dealership, Michell Chrysler-Dodge-Ram, replaced both front wheel bearings for no charge under warranty and my Jeep is back to its usual, quiet self. Phew!
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Re: Bad wheel bearing?

For those that have Had bearings replaced, is the dealer finding they are bad with the typical checks (play in wheel) or do they pass the test and they just replace knowing it's very likely given the "0n road" symptoms or process of elimination?
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Re: Bad wheel bearing?

I rode along with the head mechanic at the dealership when I brought it in. He felt and heard what I did, and agreed with my diagnosis. The parts and labor for the repair were all covered for no charge under warranty.
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Re: Bad wheel bearing?

Checking through the forum, there are several reports of bearings being replaced. My front left side are being replaced Thursday 17/01/2013, I've only done 12,000km / 7,456mi and the have had my jeep less than a year. Is this normal or should
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Re: Bad wheel bearing?

I took my 2011 5.7L Overland w/ 20294 miles into the dealer because of the warning codes that are mentioned in another thread on the site.... (SERV 4WD, ABS Light on, traction control light on, and FCW OFF light on) dealer diagnosed it as a bad wheel sensor right front. They cleared the codes and told me it was ok to drive I was still in the parking lot of the dealership and I applied the brakes and the anti-lock brake mechanism for the right front wheel activated, drove a few more feet applied the brakes again and the same thing happen the anti-lock brake on the right front wheel started activating. Turned around and went back inside to service department described to service manager what was going on he told me he would have to keep it for a few days. Called after a couple of days for update and he told me he was waiting for a wheel bearing for the right front, I asked him if it was bad he told me no, but he recommended changing it anyway. I will update you when I get it back if this fixed the problem. I suspect they will need to change the ABS module as suggessted by other thtread.
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Re: Bad wheel bearing?

Yesterday I took my 2011 JGC Ltd with 26000 km (not miles) to the dealership as I had started to experience a slight vibration and hum when I reached speeds over 60 km. Mechanic did a ride along and it turns out that my front right wheel bearing was in need of replacing as it was failing. Though it was just off warranty 3 year/100000km. I thought it would have fallen under the drivetrain, but it did not. However the dealership did give me a break and charged me only $100 to have it fix. I'm a bit concerned now because will the rest need to be replaced eventually? Is it normal for a wheel bearing to fail at such low kms? I have only ever driven it on-road in the city. Is this a manufacturer defect or would hitting things like potholes or curbs cause this?
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Yesterday I took my 2011 JGC Ltd with 26000 km (not miles) to the dealership as I had started to experience a slight vibration and hum when I reached speeds over 60 km. Mechanic did a ride along and it turns out that my front right wheel bearing was in need of replacing as it was failing. Though it was just off warranty 3 year/100000km. I thought it would have fallen under the drivetrain, but it did not. However the dealership did give me a break and charged me only $100 to have it fix. I'm a bit concerned now because will the rest need to be replaced eventually? Is it normal for a wheel bearing to fail at such low kms? I have only ever driven it on-road in the city. Is this a manufacturer defect or would hitting things like potholes or curbs cause this?
Greetings,

I had the same problem in the exact same place around the 16,000 mile mark as in your case. First, I thought it was the tires (BFG) which I was experiencing noise problems with. When I finally brought it in around 20,000 miles, it turned out that I needed 2 wheel bearings replaced on the right side. They fixed the first one and the tech was not satisfied with the sound and found the 2nd one the next day. My understanding from others, Chrysler sometimes have problems with the bearing life. I was covered under warranty and at that time, I had to wait for the parts. The dealer gave me a rental.

Since then, I had no trouble from the day I got my JGC back. I have gone thru potholes and a little off-roading. I have just past the the 40k mile mark. I did replace the BFG with Nokian at the 24k mile mark and all noise issues stopped.

Best for now.
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